Queen Elizabeth II visits Tower of London to wade through blood-poppies
PUBLISHED: 12:20 17 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 17 October 2014
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Queen Elizabeth II walked through a sea of blood-red poppies at the Tower of London that mark 100 years since the First World War.
Her Majesty was joined by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on her visit on Thursday to see the ceramic poppy installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which surrounds the historic fortress.
She was greeted by General the Lord Dannat, constable of the Tower, and Colonel Richard Harrold, governor of the Tower, who presented her with the ceremonial Keys of Office.
A wreath of poppies was then handed to the Queen by yeoman warder Jim Duncan before she took a stroll through the poppies, and met it’s designer, Paul Cummins.
The installation in the Tower’s moat will have 888,246 by Armistice Day, November 11 – one for each British and colonial death during the war.
The Royals went on to the newly refurbished Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, where they met the lieutenant of the Tower, Lieutenant General Peter Pearson, chapel chaplain Michael Day, Rev Canon Roger Hall and Bishop of London Richard Chartres.
Mr Day led a thanksgiving service to celebrate the chapel, before the Queen took a peek at the restoration work in the chapel’s crypt.
Her Majesty was presented with a posy of flowers by five-year-old Ashlynne Kingshott before leaving the Tower.